Thursday, October 4, 2012

Around the bay in 171 days

Older than Boston:)

My one year blogiversary is coming up next week.  October 10th is when I wrote my very first blog post. It's amazing to me that I've been able to keep writing regular blogs for a whole year and the lot of you haven't told me to shut up yet!  I thank you for that.  This blog has been an integral part of my weight-loss journey. Without the on-going support and guidance I get from all of you, I may not be where I am right now.  There are so many people in the blogesphere and on Dr. Poon's facebook page, that I find inspirational.  Some I've been reading right from the beginning (of my blog), some of the blogs I used to read have gone dormant (but I still get the odd comment or email from the authors of those blogs), and some of you are new blog friends.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

Blogging is a lot of work!  Not only keeping up my own blog, but reading and commenting on the hundred or so that I try to regularly read. I am currently guilty of not commenting as much as I'd like to.  I read all of them, but have to work on the commenting more regularly.  It's time consuming, but that is just a lame excuse.  Like everything else in my life, I need to work on finding a better balance and not be as inconsistent as I have been of late.  I started this blog for me, but I now keep it up as regularly as I do for my followers and regular readers.  It's still super helpful for me, and I toy with changing the name once I reach goal, but I think I'll always be Poonapalooza. Dr. Poon deserves the props.  He gave me my life back!

Beverly and I began our second Learn to Run (LTR) clinic on Monday.  We have 8 participants, all pretty much at the same running level which means, no running experience.  And 2 men!  It's a real novelty to have men do the LTR clinic.  I have always said that they are too proud to be taught how to run.  My husband was taught to run via private lessons by me, but he readily agrees that he never would have taken a LTR clinic. Maybe a 5k, more likely a 10k, definitely a half marathon, but never a LTR!

I'm still running 10k as my long run.  I think that next week, I'll add on a kilometre and see how that goes.  I need to get to 15k by March 24th for the Around the Bay.  I know that won't be a problem. What may be a potential problem is all the hills I have to run during that 15k.  Beverly is doing the first half of the 30k (we're doing a 2 person relay), and I agreed to do the second half, knowing that it is mainly hills.  Why you ask?  So that I can train on said hills and get killer leg muscles, but also so that I get the glory of running into Copps Coliseum where the finish line is.  Picture if you will, a sports arena with the finish line where the ice would normally be when there's a hockey game on, and stands filled with spectators. I get to run into that.  Ok, so there really won't be that many spectators (by the time I finish), but it will still be a huge rush.  I'm very excited!  I'd better get my ass cracking and start training on those hills!  Only 171 days left before the big day!

I think this was taken last year...

I need to get fall/winter running gear.  I have a pair of running capris I've been wearing all summer that wore  this morning for my 8k.  They kept falling down.  They are a regular large and 10% lycra. It makes me feel super good that I no longer fit into my large sized running or yoga pants.  That is so crazy to me!  Last year at this time, I'd only been on the diet a couple of weeks but was still sporting the 3x.  I can't believe I'm going to be a medium person.  Right in the middle, ordinary sized medium.  I'll take it.  Just for the record, I'm very happy to be run of the mill.


  1. Run of the mill is a good place to be. :-)

  2. Great job pushing yourself slowly! I think my farthest run is around 8-9 miles and I haven't topped that yet. I try to be consistent every day instead of going all out in one day.

    The weather over here is still not cool enough for layers but Florida is slowly moving in that direction. I love Fall and the cooler months so I'm looking forward to it.

    Good luck with your training!

  3. What I like about your Blog is you are a goal setter. Then you set about the tasks required to accomplish your goals. That's what separates the goal setters from the day dreamers. The day dreamers are all talk. The goal setters are a little less talk and a little more action:)

  4. OMG the running pants are too large --- love it.. Love your blog...keep on doing it--you inspire me!

  5. Congrats on your Blog anniversary!! Keep up the great work and stay focused!

  6. Happy Blogaversary! No, no one can ultimately agree on how to spell it. Hee.

    I've been around six years, and it's amazing to me how much I've changed and how much my writing style has changed over the years. I'm glad I have it as a record :)

    Enjoy your running!!

  7. Finding balance with the blogging world is my goal right now. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to comment on everyone. I do read a lot... but find my commenting is becoming more scarce.

    congrats on your 1 year blogiversary. :)

  8. My first and only 10K was called Fans on the Field. You may have read about it on my blog but we got to run through three pro stadiums here in Denver, ending with the football stadium where we were on the jumbotron. I also did a 5K earlier in the summer that we ran back through the football stadium and were on the jumbotron as well as a stair climb through the football stadium. I think it is cool to run into the stadiums like that! It is a rush even if there are not big crowds!

    I had an issue on my long run this week in that I had to keep pulling up my pants. I need to change what I wear and find new clothes too! CONGRATS to you on the victory on the running pants!

    Congrats on your blogging milestone as well!

  9. Blogging is a lot of work. I first started Fit With a Purpose in January of 2010 (then it was called 1010 in 2010 [1,010 miles run during 2010]). I think the hardest part is to stay with it while not repeating the same thing over and over. Blogs evolve as your life continues.

    Keep up the good work. Your before and after pictures are great!

  10. Happy Bloggiversary.
    I have been beating myself up recently for not always commenting and not having enough time to read blogs as it takes. I know I miss some good blogs some days. I am trying to do the best I can. I envy people that can balance it all better than I.